Approximately 1.8 million people in the U.S. have celiac disease, but even if you don’t, you may want to live a gluten-free lifestyle if you have a gluten sensitivity or if you simply prefer to avoid gluten. Gluten-free eating can take time to get used to, but the good news is you can still fill your diet with tons of healthy, delicious foods. Make your transition to gluten-free eating easier by doing the following:
- Enjoy gluten-free grains—Gluten is found in tons of grains, so you probably think it’s best to avoid all grains. Grains are good for you, though, so you can still fill your diet with polenta, corn, quinoa, millet, and pasta alternatives.
- Do your research—It’s amazing where gluten can hide, so do your research and know exactly which foods have gluten and which don’t.
- Read your labels—Pre-packaged foods won’t list gluten as an ingredient. You’ll have to know which ingredients to look out for on your own that likely contain gluten.
- Know which foods are naturally gluten free—All that researching may make you feel like there’s hardly anything you can eat anymore. But meat, eggs, poultry, fish, fruits, and veggies are all naturally gluten-free, and they’re the foundation of any healthy lifestyle.
- Spice it up—Most spices don’t have any gluten in them, so if your food is starting to taste a little bland, go crazy with your favorite spices. Just because you’re invested in gluten-free eating doesn’t mean you have to eat a tasteless diet.